How Big If # of Chickens is Going to Change

WhoaNellie

Songster
9 Years
Feb 16, 2010
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First, sorry. I couldn't think of an intelligent Subject.

I currently have 16 eggs in the incubator, which at this point are all viable. Without counting my chickens before they hatch (
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), we're planning to keep 6-8 for eggs and butcher the remaining.
I'm trying to plan out my chicken coop and run. I've read 2-3 ft inside and 3-4 ft outside per chicken. But.....how many chickens do I count on?
I don't want to plan it on 8, but have them crowded until the others are butchered. My yard is pretty small though, so I don't want to build something for 16 if we don't need that much space.

I hope I'm making sense....

Any thoughts? Suggestions?
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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Build it as big as you can stand. That gives you the biggest flexibility for the future, and the best ability to accommodate whatever #chickens you wind up with, and if you end up with more generous space per chicken they will be happier and your work will be easier
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Good luck, ahve fun,

Pat
 

Kittymomma

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Sep 9, 2009
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If you're hatching out LF chicks your space needs when they're grown are more like 4' inside and 10' outside. I'm an enabler so I say go as big as you reasonably can--you will find more breeds that you just HAVE to have and it's easier/more economical to build once and not add on every year.
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